Tuesday, September 01, 2009

New Arrivals.

I am delighted to announce three new arrivals (of books!) at the Hodmandod home: Catching Fire: how cooking made us human by Richard Wrangham which Nigella Lawson says is 'Absolutely fascinating' and just reading through the blurb think I am likely to agree;


Howards End is on the Landing: a year of reading from home by Susan Hill which I have looked inside already and had to close it again very quickly because it was obviously dangerously engrossing and I have other things I must do today;



and finally, just in the nick of time The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, whose reading performance I am going to go to this afternoon.


It looks like I might be going on several very long train journeys when I am in China, one of which will take 40 hours, so I shall need to pack a little something to read.

12 Comments:

Blogger Debra Hamel said...

FORTY HOURS! Seriously, maybe it's time to get a Kindle.

Tue Sep 01, 02:02:00 pm  
Blogger Debra Hamel said...

Also, I love the monkey cover.

Tue Sep 01, 02:02:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

I am intending to take my laptop (well at the moment I am) so I can keep blogging and tweeting and downloading my photos - so... actually you've made me realise that I probably won't need any books at all. I could download ebooks! Thanks Debra.

And I agree about the monkey cover.

Tue Sep 01, 02:15:00 pm  
Blogger Maxine said...

Debra got there first - 40 hours might persuade me to buy an e-reader. (Not a kindle though as you can't get those yet in the UK - but there are an increasing number of options. Watch out for the DRM issue though (digital rights management) - ie what you can download on what make of reader).

40 hour train journey left in peace to read - what bliss. Just so long as it isn't on a commuter route and you have to stand (joke! I hope). Or, if you were going to India, hang on the outside.

Tue Sep 01, 02:39:00 pm  
Blogger Debra Hamel said...

I think I read somewhere that the Kindle will be coming out in England reasonably soon. Haven't investigated, though.

Tue Sep 01, 04:40:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, think I might look into this, Maxine. The journey is in China and so I think there will be much to distract me through the window - and since I'll be a 'soft sleeper' cabin it might possibly be very peaceful. A kind of hermitage on the move as long as I don't have to share.

Yes, I've heard that too, Debra - nothing definite yet, though.

Tue Sep 01, 10:44:00 pm  
Anonymous cfr said...

I hope you get this:

http://www.seat61.com/China.htm

Wed Sep 02, 01:52:00 am  
Anonymous Mary said...

You get to see Margaret Atwood? I'm soooooo jealous!

Wed Sep 02, 04:33:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks CFR! Excellent link!

Yes Mary - up close! She read a little from her new book with a few others. Sounded good.

Wed Sep 02, 05:17:00 am  
Blogger Kay said...

It's all sounding and looking great! Lucky you.

Wed Sep 02, 05:51:00 am  
Blogger Paul said...

Great that you got to see Margaret Atwood! In terms of train rides, at least you aren't taking the Trans-Siberian Railway to China. I think that would take at least 10 days from northern England, with transfers in London, Brussels, Berlin and Moscow.

Wed Sep 02, 10:18:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Kay!

I would love to do that train ride - I was just looking at it the other day. But I think the one I would love to do more is the TransMongolia one - now that looks really amazing!

Thu Sep 03, 10:06:00 am  

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